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Want to know about Sikhism? Head to new book collection in Oak Creek

May 23, 2022

Sikhism is the fifth largest world religion. There are more than 500,000 Sikhs in the United States. And in the greater Milwaukee area, there are two main places of worship.

But how much do local non-Sikhs know about it? Back in 2014, the National Sikh Campaign had a survey in which 60% of Americans said they know nothing at all about Sikhs.

A new collection of books about the religion and its culture is bridging communities and educating the public.

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Religious leaders, community members come together after Chabad House fire

May 23, 2022

Religious leaders, elected officials among others attended a ceremony at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday to show unity after a fire destroyed the Chabad of Kentucky back in April.

On April 23, firefighters were called around 4 a.m. to respond to the headquarters for Chabad of Kentucky in Almara Circle after a grease fire broke out, spokesperson for the Saint Matthews Fire Department Rick Tonini said.

Firefighters were able...

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The Fight to Bring Seminole Ancestors Home

May 23, 2022

Skeletons waited for Ryan Wheeler in the basement of a prestigious Massachusetts institution. It was November 2012 when the Floridian and archaeologist began pulling out rows of economically built wood filing cabinets, as if Ikea existed a century ago. He found bits of pottery and items that were buried with the dead over the course of centuries. They had been unearthed along with thousands of Native American remains that ended up in the institute’s storage. Wheeler knew none of them should be there.

For Wheeler, 53, the finds were equal parts exciting and overwhelming. He had...

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A Jewish leader is not 'just a man with a beard' women rabbis tell NYC Mayor Adams

May 19, 2022

New York City Mayor Eric Adams met with 55 women rabbis and cantors Thursday in what one of the rabbis called a “productive and respectful” discussion on issues that included combating antisemitism, climate change, homelessness, closing Rikers Island, healthcare, affordable housing and more.

The clergy sought the meeting earlier this week out of concern that the Orthodox Jews Adams regularly consults don’t represent the...

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Native American group ends protest, vows to protect sacred land at Wilderness Park

May 16, 2022

A local Native American group has said it will end its protest of a new housing development in Lincoln.

In a statement released Monday, the Niskithe Prayer Group said it will start taking down the teepees from Snell Hill on Tuesday.

The group set up the teepees in response to the Lincoln City Council approving a new housing development near Wilderness Park.

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How Black people and Jews are bound together in 'great replacement' theory

May 16, 2022

The man authorities say opened fire in a Buffalo grocery store Saturday (May 14), killing 10 mostly Black shoppers, was an avowed white supremacist. But his agenda went far beyond Blacks.

In the 180-page manifesto posted online two days before he carried out his attack, the 18-year-old gunman wrote that he chose the Tops Friendly Market on Buffalo’s east side because it is in an area with many Black residents. Eleven of the 13 people shot there were Black, law enforcement officials said.

Blacks, wrote Payton Gendron, come from a culture that sought to “ethnically...

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Buffalo church holds interfaith service to lament massacre

May 16, 2022

Hundreds of people brought their pain to the altar Sunday in remembrance of the 10 lives lost and three injured in a mass shooting in Buffalo on Saturday.

Macedonia Baptist Church, just minutes away from the Tops Supermarket where the tragedy took place, held an interfaith service that called for healing and action. Senior Pastor Julian Cook said planning a service that would bring people from all walks of life together was necessary, as the hate crime that took place affects everyone.

“Part of the lie of racism is that it only impacts minorities, right? Part of the...

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Fourth Sikh man in Queens attacked in just weeks

May 15, 2022

Police in Queens are investigating the third attack on a Sikh man in just a matter of weeks.

The Indian Panorama reports someone attacked Kuldip Singh, 62, during his morning walk in Richmond Hills on Mother’s Day.

Singh is from Dasuya in Hoshiarpur. Authorities say a suspect rode up to Singh on a bicycle. He pulled out a pistol and demanded money. Singh grabbed the young man’s arm and the two began to wrestle....

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Buddhist Chaplains on the Rise in US, Offering Broad Appeal

May 15, 2022

Wedged into a recliner in the corner of her assisted living apartment in Portland, Skylar Freimann, who has a terminal heart condition and pulmonary illness, anxiously eyed her newly arrived hospital bed on a recent day and worried over how she would maintain independence as she further loses mobility.

There to guide her along the journey was the Rev. Jo Laurence, a hospice and palliative care chaplain. But rather than invoking God or a Christian prayer, she talked of meditation, chanting and other Eastern spiritual traditions: “The body can weigh us down sometimes,” she...

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